Greetings Razz Fam!

Was the stove hot enough for you during the trade deadline? It was on fire for the San Diego Padres. However, just up the coast in San Francisco, trouble was brewing with Joc Pederson and Thairo Estrada suffering concussions in less than a week of each other. On the opposite coast, Miami Marlins Daniel Castano also got a concussion when he was hit with a 104 mph line drive to the head.

There have been a total of 10 players that have gotten concussions this year with 30% of them occurring in the last week and a half.

“But Keelin, what about that measly sample size?”. Statistics, schmatistics.

My simple point is to look out for the coconuts on your roster during these dangerous times.

Let’s review the rest of last week’s injuries, how they affect your lineup, and what you can do to update your roster in the face of injury:

American League Injuries

AL Central

Detroit Tigers

Tarik Skubal (SP): In a huge loss for the Tigers, Skubal hits the IL with arm fatigue. He is eligible to return around August 17. The Tigers starting pitching rotation has been plagued by injury this season. The Tigers have Matt Manning returning from the IL for the first time since April. It is also possible that Jameson Taillon and Cole Irvin are still unrostered in your league.

Minnesota Twins

Jorge Alcala (RP): In news that is disappointing but not surprising, Aclalá will miss the rest of the season after having elbow debridement surgery. Aclalá has been out since April, but he is expected to return for Spring Training 2023.

Kyle Garlick (OF): Garlick is out after suffering a ribcage contusion after a nasty collision with the left-field wall at Petco Park. He is eligible to return on August 12. Gilberto Celestino, who was batting .270, has been reactivated after paternity leave. Joc Pederson and Randal Grichuk are other outfielders that may be unrostered in your league.

Alex Kirilloff (OF/1B): Kirilloff is on the IL due to wrist inflammation, which has been a recurring issue for Kirilloff. Kirilloff is eligible to return on August 12, but suspicions are aroused surrounding the idea that Kirilloff might need surgical intervention. Jake Cave will come up from Triple-AAA St. Paul to cover Kirilloff’s spot.

Miguel Sano (1B): Sanó has been on the IL with knee inflammation, but he has been officially moved to 60-day IL. He is eligible to return on September 28 (retroactive from July 28). I am not a big math person, but that is roughly the end of the season. It’s tough times in the Twin Cities!

AL East

Baltimore Orioles

Tyler Wells (SP): Wells has been afflicted by a strained oblique (grade 1). He is eligible to return on August 12. Beau Sulser and a returning Kyle Bradish will likely see more playing time in Wells’ absence.

Boston Red Sox

Brayan Bello (SP): Bello, who recently recorded his first strikeout in the MLB, will be out with a strained groin until at least August 19. Oddly enough, it was Christian Vázquez who noticed Bello was hurt and alerted Red Sox Manager Alex Cora of Bello’s injury. Austin Davis replaced Bello in the series.

Rob Refsnyder (OF): Refsnyder is out with a sprained knee (specifically an MCL injury). He is eligible to return on August 9, but he will likely need more time on the IL. Tommy Pham, who was traded from the Reds to the Red Sox, will be a boon to the outfield.

Tampa Bay Rays

In a brief but important update, both Kevin Kiermaier (OF) and Mike Zunino (C) will be out for the 2022 season. Razzball has been chasing the Ambulance for weeks on these two. Christian Bethancourt (C) and Rene Pinto (C) are seeing a lot of playing time while Zunino is out and Francisco Mejia (C) is on the IL. Roman Quinn (OF) is now on the team and in the outfield.

Toronto Blue Jays

Ross Stripling (SP): Stripling is out with a sprained right glute/hip August 15. Matt Peacock was activated on August 3 to replace Stripling.

AL West

Seattle Mariners

Dylan Moore (INF/OF): Moore is out with back spasms and is eligible to return on August 10. His prognosis was positive, and he should be able to return soon. Abraham Toro will possibly speak up some of Moore’s slack for now.

Julio Rodriguez (OF): Rodríguez suffered a wrist contusion and was hit on the wrist while batting in a win over the Astros on July 30. Rodríguez is likely to recover soon and is eligible to return on August 10. If you are looking for a replacement, Hunter Renfroe and Randal Grichuk (again!) could be potential replacements.

Texas Rangers

Kole Calhoun (OF): Calhoun is out with heel irritation until at least August 13. Bubba Thompson was brought up to make his replace Calhoun and make his MLB debut.

Dennis Santana (RP): Dennis Santana sprained his ankle and is eligible to return on August 18 (retroactive to August 3). Cole Ragans was recalled to replace Santana.

Jon Gray (SP): Gray is out at least 4-6 weeks with a strained oblique. Cowpoke and LHP Taylor Hearn and RHP Josh Sborz were recalled to fill the void Gray leaves.

National League Injuries

NL Central

Chicago Cubs

Steven Brault (RP): Brault is out with COVID-IL and was eligible to return on August 3. Mark Keiter Jr. was recalled to replace Brault.

Cincinnati Reds

Hunter Greene (SP): The rookie Greene is out with a right shoulder strain. Ryan Hendrix was recalled to replace Greene.

Milwaukee Brewers

Omar Narvaez (C): In big “WHOOPS” news, Narváez strained his quad the same day the Brewers DFA’ed their other catcher, Pedro Severino. While Narváez is eligible to return on August 14, the extent of his injury is still unknown. The Brewers will rely more on  Jakson Reetz and Mario Feliciano during this time.

Jandel Gustave (RP): Gustave will be on the IL with forearm discomfort until at least August 16. He last played on July 31 in Boston. Taylor Rogers and Dinelson Lamet have returned to the Brewers in a trade and will move onto the roster.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Dillon Peters (RP): Peters is out left elbow inflammation and is not eligible to return until August 19. LHP Eric Stout was recalled to fill Peters’ spot on the roster. Stout has only played in four games thus far.

Tyler Heineman (C): Heineman is out with a strained groin until at least August 14. Taylor Davis will take Heineman’s spot on the roster.

David Bednar (RP): Bednar has been out with lower back inflammation since July 31. He was placed on the IL and is eligible to return on August 15. Yohan Ramirez joined the Pirates on July 8 and should be a decent replacement for Bednar.


St. Louis Cardinals

Drew VerHagen (RP): VerHagen is officially out for the season after having hip surgery. VerHagen struggled with the injury before going on the IL. VerHagen is expected to return for Spring Training. Expect to see him in the pre-season editions of Ambulance Chasers.

NL East

Atlanta Braves

Mike Ford (1B): Ford went on the 10-day IL with a strained neck. He is eligible to leave the IL soon, but after the Braves picked up Robbie Grossman, Ford may not be on the active roster once he leaves the IL.

Miami Marlins

Avisail Garcia (OF): García is out with a strained hamstring and is not eligible to return until August 13. Garrett Cooper returned from the IL, but Jesus Sanchez and JJ Bleday might step into the OF role.

Daniel Castano (RP): In what is one of the scarier baseball injuries last week, Castano is out with a concussion after taking a 104 MPH line drive to the head. Castano became eligible to return August 5.

Washington Nationals

Tanner Rainey (RP): In another terrible twist of the knife for the Nationals, Tanner Rainey will miss the rest of the 2022 season after having Tommy John surgery with a return target of August 2023.

NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks

Caleb Smith (RP): Smith fractured his non-throwing hand August 10 after punching objects after giving up two runs when the Diamondbacks faced the Braves. Smith had surgery to replace the fracture and could be back this season.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Justin Turner (3B): Turner’s stint on the IL for a strained abdominal is retroactive to June 30.  Joey Gallo and Miguel Vargas are both expected to help the Dodgers here.

San Francisco Giants

Thairo Estrada (INF): Estrada is out with a concussion after being hit by a pitch from Mike Leiter Jr. (who you may remember from earlier in this article). The Giants were in need of shortstops with Brandon Crawford on the IL as well. Thus, the Giants picked up Dixon Machado from the Cubs. Estrada is eligible to return on August 7.

Joc Pederson (OF): Pederson also suffered a concussion after running into the wall while attempting to rob Patrick Wisdom’s 49-50th homeruns. Pederson’s performance has been trailing off the past few weeks. Now may be the time to look for a replacement like Brandon Lowe or James Outman. However, Pederson is eligible to return August 5.

Join me next week on Ambulance Chasers where the bodies are still warm and, to be honest, the beer kind of is too (GREY PLEASE PAY TO HAVE THE RAZZBALL HQ FRIDGE REPAIRED!).

As always, I love to hear from you in the comments or on Twitter (@keelin_12ft). If you are looking to dig through other roster resources, check out the Razzball Player Rater and the Bullpen Chart.